Looking at persecution and suffering theologically


  • Donald LeRoy Stults


persecution, suffering, theodicy, praxis


Persecution and suffering for Christ are important parts of our overall work to advance the church in every part of the world. Western theologies tend to reflect a church established in a particular culture without reference to the global mission of the church and the possible negative outcomes of the gospel’s encounter with other cultures. Therefore it is necessary to include persecution and suffering for Christ which are present realities in many countries, in our theological reflections. As an initial step, we should embrace the reality of persecution.

Author Biography

Donald LeRoy Stults

Donald LeRoy Stults (1946) served as a missionary educator in Asia and Europe and taught classes in persecution studies at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He has written books on Asian theology and a theology of mission to the Western world, based on the thought and writings of Lesslie Newbigin. He is now retired and lives in Gardner, Kansas USA. This article uses American English. Article received: 19 Aug 2020; accepted: 26 Jan 2022.



2022-05-30 — Updated on 2022-05-30